The option of egg freezing is being rapidly accepted by urban couples, as the technique safeguards their expectation of having children at any time of their lives.
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has recently made ground-breaking and revolutionary advancements. It offers multiple techniques to make a couple's dream of bearing children, including those with health ailments and other such issues.
One such technology that is fast gaining acceptance among urban women is egg freezing or oocyte cryopreservation.
Egg freezing is a technology which extracts, freeze and store the woman's eggs (oocytes) for indefinite time. Later, when she is prepared to become a mother, the eggs are thawed, fertilized and transferred to the uterus as embryos, TOI quoted Dr Hrishikesh D Pai, director infertility, Fortis La Femme, Delhi.
When the eggs mature, ovulation is triggered with medication and eggs are extracted with the help of ultrasound guided needle through the vagina. The eggs are then immediately frozen at a controlled rate and temperature, Pai further explained.
This technique helps to safeguard women's fertility potential - mostly women who are fighting cancer and undergoing treatments involving high doses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which is lethal for woman's egg and even can damage the ovaries.
Moreover, woman holding a family history of early menopause can benefit from this technique too.
Researchers claim that freezing eggs before the age of 35, gives 75 percent higher chances of have a live birth. The procedure is possible despite suffering from gall bladder, pancreas and breast cancers.
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